There’s nothing more classic than cracking into the crispy lid of a pavlova come Christmas time.
Round, oblong, or deconstructed, with yoghurt, cream, fruit, or chocolate — there are many ways one can prepare and serve their rendition of the Kiwi classic. With local chefs working around the clock each summer dedicated to reinventing or reworking the Christmas dinner staple, there’s a pavlova to suit everyone’s palates and preferences.
Scroll for our favourite modern takes on the pavlova recipe below:
Magic Mini Vegan Pavlovas (dairy-free and gluten-free)
Nadia Lim ensures everyone can enjoy the classic Kiwi pavlova with this recipe. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free, these little pavs are delicious served with whipped coconut cream and fresh fruit. Find the recipe here.
Brown Sugar and Walnut Meringue with Cinnamon Plums
Nici Wickes’ brown sugar meringue recipe is exquisite! The tartness of roasted cinnamon plums is a fabulous foil for the sweetness of this Christmas favourite. Serve with cream and dollops of custard. Find the recipe here.
A twist on a Kiwi Christmas classic, this deliciously airy pavlova was created by Karla Goodwin of Bluebells Cakery using the deliciously improved Nestlé Bakers’ Choice chocolate baking range. It’s perfect for a festive family celebration. Find the recipe here.
Marble and Choc-Flecked Italian Meringue Cake
Okay, so this isn’t technically a pavlova but it does share similar elements. This highly decadent marble and choc-flecked Italian meringue cake recipe is perfect for any special occasion! Serve in thick slices for an indulgent treat that’s sure to please a crowd. Find the recipe here.
Rhubarb and Custard Pavlova
Nici Wickes has dressed up this recipe with the wickedly good combo of rhubarb and custard, as well as strawberries and cream. It is knock-out fabulous! Find the recipe here.
Coconut Pavlovas with Banana and Passionfruit
Want to give a twist to a Kiwi favourite for Christmas or a special occasion? Whip up these stunning individual pavlovas ahead of time, then lace them with fresh fruit and shredded coconut. Find the recipe here.
Chocolate Cherry Berry Pavlova
Brought to you by Australian Women’s Weekly, this chocolate cherry berry pavlova is a moreish, rich and rustic take on the classic. Find the recipe here.
Pavlova with Figs and Pomegranate
A decadent pavlova recipe for the mature palate. The beauty of this take on the pav is in its simplicity. You could switch out the toppings for any flavours or fruits you desire at least you’ll know you’ll be nailing the pavlova component at least! Find the recipe here.
These recipes were originally published on Food To Love.